Wildlife holidays in Brazil
Tell me about Brazil …
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. It was a Portuguese colony from 1500 until its independence in 1822.
In the north, low dry woodland, damp grasslands and gallery forest along the banks of a meandering river system create a mixed variety of habitats. Further south the woodland is relieved by broad expanses of swamp and marsh which are recognised as one of the most important wetland areas in the Neotropics.
The vast empty lowlands of the Pantanal extend southwards from the plateau of the Mato Grosso in Brazil to the borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. This area is roughly the size of France and sparsely populated.
Our Brazil specialist recommends..
"Our ‘Brazil – Just Jaguars’ holiday is a spectacular way to spend 12 days in Brazil with the Jaguar being the obvious highlight with many other such as the Hyacinth Macaw and the Giant River Otter. Explore the Pantanal by foot, boat and by vehicle."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Brazils vast area comprises a number of different ecosystems, including the Amazon, which is recognised as having the greatest biodiversity in the world. New species are regularly found in the Amazon, and scientists estimate that the total number of plant and animal species found here is about 4 million!
The relative lack of human disturbance in the Brazilian Pantanal and the open nature of the habitat mean that wildlife is often easier to observe than elsewhere in South America.
Naturetrek tours to Brazil
Naturetrek offers various bird watching and wildlife holidays to Brazil. From birds and mammals in the Pantanal and Iguazu Falls, to a bargain bird watching tour exploring Brazils endemic rich Atlantic rainforests.
Some highlights of a Brazil wildlife tour:
- Rare Marsh Deer at the edge of the Pantanal wetland & herds of Red Brocket Deer in the adjoining woodlands
- Brown Capuchin Monkeys & Black Howler Monkeys
- Endangered Giant River Otters, which often approach to within a few metres of observers
- The stunning Iguazu Falls
- A fantastic variety of bird life from Jabiru Storks & trogons to hummingbirds & toucans
- Herds of Capybara, the world’s largest rodent, plus Caimans (New World crocodiles)
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Brazil HOLIDAYS
A very full itinerary led by an extremely competent and knowledgeable guide (Paulo Ribeiro). We managed to see a whole range of Brazil's wonderful wildlife in addition to the fantastic jaguar sightings. I was particularly keen to see the giant otters and was not disappointed. Paulo finding a great potoo on our last morning was incredible and an unexpected treat.
As a trip it more than exceeded our expectations seeing birds and mammals, the memories of which will stay with us for years. The boat trips searching for Jaguar were most enjoyable and staying on the flotel proved to be really good in cutting down travel time. The Iguazu Falls were awesome and the icing on the cake was seeing the Black-fronted Piping Guan on the last day there.
This trip did not live up to expectations...it far exceeded them! The flotel is a fantastic location and the Pantanal ecosystem beyond belief in richness and abundance. Despite the plane being struck by lightning on descent into Sao Paulo; the truck getting stuck in mud following monsoon tropical storms and a couple of freezing cold days, this was by far the best holiday I've ever had! Two magical close and extended encounters with Jaguars will stay with me forever.